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Statewide Protest Proposed For NC Teachers

5:18 PM, Sep 27, 2013   |    comments
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NORTH CAROLINA -- Some North Carolina teachers are planning to walk off the job on November 4th in protest of low wages and what they say are unfair work conditions.

North Carolina ranks near the bottom when it comes to teacher pay in the United States.

The state's budget for the 2012-2013 eliminates teacher tenure, freezes teacher salaries for the fifth time in six years, ends automatic pay increases for teachers who get master's degrees and reduces funding for teachers' assistants.

A grassroots social media effort is urging teachers to join a protest and perhaps even walk out the classroom on November 4th.
The group's website,, explains members want a "fair balance between workload, expectations and compensation" for teachers in North Carolina.

The movement is directed at parents and state lawmakers who made several changes to education funding and teacher salaries in the last legislative session. 

But, even though the teacher walkout is supposed to be a protest, some of the supporters express fear in putting their faces out there.

Even the organizer says he's not suggesting any teacher walk out or call out on November 4th because there's a risk in doing so.
North Carolina is a right to work state so some school districts might take disciplinary action if teachers protest on the job.

WFMY News 2 spoke with a board member of the North Carolina Association of Educators about the proposed protest.

"I understand the frustrations. I'm just as frustrated as they are. But I disagree with how they are communicating these frustrations,' said Amy Harrison, an NCAE board member.

Dr. Anthony Graham, the chair of NC A&T's Department of Curriculum added, "as professionals and as teachers we should never miss an opportunity to teach our young people so walking out on a day of instruction is something we should not do because it could adversely impact our students."

WFMY News 2 reached out to local school districts about their thoughts on the proposed walkout and what plans they have in place in case teachers do participate.

Rockingham County Schools say they have 350 active substitute teachers in the district if teachers were to not show up for school.

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County refused to address the topic and Guilford County School as well as Alamance County Schools have not returned our calls.

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